Bookmakers: Rodgers waits on Sturridge’s fitness before trip to Crystal Palace

Brendan RodgersBrendan Rodgers and many bookmakers are still waiting on Daniel Sturridge’s fitness before Liverpool’s trip on Monday to Crystal Palace.

Pay per head sportsbooks saw that on April 13, Sturridge limped out of his side’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City with a hamstring problem, and then sports bookmaker services were concerned to see that the player missed the 3-2 win at Norwich City the week after.

The England international who’s a favourite with bookmakers and pay per head sportsbooks was on the bench last Sunday against Chelsea, and price per head services saw that he entered the pitch just before the hour mark as the Reds lost 2-0.

The coach admitted that the striker probably wasn’t fit enough to have played in that game, and that he continued to be doubtful for his side’s key match at Selhurst Park on Monday – a game that is eagerly anticipated by bookmakers all over the world.

“We’ll see over the next 48 hours,” said Rodgers. “He hadn’t trained since he got injured, so it was a bit much (against Chelsea).

“He had worked really hard to get back and we needed something on the bench that could support us and help us in the game but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.

“But he’s certainly in a much better place. He’s worked tirelessly this week with the medical team. He re-joins the group and we’ll see how he is come Monday.”

Sports bookmaker services and pay per head sportsbooks found out that on Sunday, Luis Suarez, Sturridge’s strike partner, was named PFA Player of the Year after a season that saw him score 30 goals so far in 31 Premier League appearances, impressing bookmakers everywhere.

And the coach said that the Uruguayan was delighted that his great form was recognised.

“Congratulations to him,” added the former Swansea City boss. “It was an award that was really special for him because it came from his peers.

“He has been outstanding in all my time here and obviously, in particular, this season.

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“So it was very well deserved and I know he really respected it, coming from the players in this country. I know he’s happy.”